MILWAUKEE – – Justin Lewis expects DJ Carton to win the game from the foul line for the antidote.
When it didn’t, Lewis picked up his teammate and pulled off No. 4 Wisconsin’s 11-game winning streak.
Lewis, a freshman, scored 18 points and converted Carton’s missed free throw on Bertzer into a bareback as Marquette beat the Badgers 67-65 on Friday night.
“Nobody was expecting that DJ clearly missed, but is willing to try to make a play to have the foresight if he missed is unbelievable for any player, but especially a new man Is, ”said Marquette coach Steve Wojciewski.
The game thrilled one of the 127 meetings between the two in-state foes, whose campus is about 75 miles away, although the absence of spectators at the Fisher Forum due to an epidemic gave the latest version of the rivalry a different feel.
The lead changed hands six times in the final 70 seconds. Nor did the team lead by more than six points.
Wisconsin (3-1) led 65-64 when Carton gave up a foul from Badger guard D’Mitric Trice with just nine-tenths of a second inside the 3-point arc. Tris, who led Wisconsin with 17 points, called it “a bone game for me.”
“I tried to take a charge,” said Triss, whose jumper put Wisconsin ahead 5.8 seconds left. “Obviously it was a block. This is just something I got to learn from it. If I had to play that play back, I would just slide my feet and stay in front of it. “
Carton made the first free throw, but his second attempt bounced off the rim.
Lewis landed in the paint and tapped the ball with his right hand. Freshman’s shot hit the front of the rim and went away from the backboard before falling under the basket to win the game as his teammates nabbed him from under the basket.
Lewis said, “The second shot, I didn’t even see because I wanted him to send us home.” “Then, it stopped, and I just crashed and took it in.”
Marquette (3-1) defeated No. 1 Villanova 74-72 on January 24, 2017 to register their first win over a top-five team.
Lewis had eight rebellions to go with his 18 points. Carton scored 12 points and Jamal Cain added 10 for Marquette, who won despite making one of his last five free-throw attempts. Jonathan Davis added 12 and Nat Reavers added 11 for Wisconsin.
Marquette was narrower for most of the second half, before Trice made two free throws with two minutes remaining. With Lewis’ return, the lead went back and forth before the frantic final sequence ended.
“He’s just a big-time player making a big-time game,” Carton said. “I am very proud of him for getting my back. He knows that I will do the same for him. “
Wisconsin: After defeating three apparently inferior opponents by an average margin of 28 points to start the year, the Badgers showed some weaknesses in their first major test of the season. He was quickly upset by the foul, allowing Marquette to attempt 28 free throws and failing to stop the stretch.
“We talk a lot about defending, rebounding, and taking care of the ball – I think we weren’t where we wanted to be tonight,” Wisconsin coach Greg Guard said.
Marquette: The Golden Eagles broke free from some of the late shooting blows and returned to a massive 70–62 home loss to Oklahoma State in which they committed 24 turnovers and took an early 17–4 lead. The game should provide some confidence for a team learning to play without All-America guard Marcus Howard, who led the nation with 27.8 points last season and as the Golden Eagles’ all-time leading scorer in his college career. Ended career.
This loss would likely leave Wisconsin under the top 10 or just outside it. This is Wisconsin’s highest ranking since reaching No. 3 on March 16, 2015.
Wisconsin hosts Louisville on Wednesday.
Marquette hosted Green Bay on Tuesday.
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